Go straight from the office to the slopes with the Troubadour Weekender Bag. This elegant luggage solution is handmade in Italy using high-quality materials like vegetable-tanned leather, cotton canvas lining, and rivets to reinforce the straps, and also offers two external front pockets for quick access to your most-used items and an internal zippered pocket for documents and such. And thanks to the company's commitment to quality, you'll even receive a one-year check-up call to make sure it's still in good condition — which is far more than we can say for the average nylon duffel bag.
Crumpler is generally known for its soft-shell camera bags and backpacks, but that doesn't mean it can't make a solid hardshell. Crumpler Vis-A-Vis Luggage takes all the company's bag-making know-how and applies it to traditional luggage. Available in four styles — two sizes of trunks, an attaché, and a carry-on — and with your choice of either black or red handles, each is made with a custom polycarbonate/ABS shell, and sports features like a unique clothes compression system, smart grab tailored handles, zip safety straps, built-in TSA locks, and custom-designed, travel tested components.
Most carry-on bags are all the same: a smallish, wheeled box with a single zipper for the main compartment that forces you to dig around for even the most obvious of items. The Minaal Carry-On Bag is nothing like that. Designed to be worn as a backpack or carried as a duffel (thanks to shoulder straps that hide away in less than 10 seconds), this smart bag uses full-length zippers to give you access to all your gear from any angle. Features include a lockable device compartment, rugged cordura construction, a seam-sealed rain cover, a drink holder, durable YKK zips, and, of course, a carry-on friendly size.
Avoid the sketchy showers at the truck stop and get yourself clean with the Road Shower. This eco-friendly add-on mounts to your vehicle's rack mount, and uses solar power to heat the water inside up to above 100 degrees. It's also pressurized, can easily be pumped with a bike pump, tire pump, or compressor, features a nozzle that can be clipped to the side for hands-free washing, a clear food-grade hose, and rugged matte black aluminum housing that's as discreet as a portable shower on your roof can be.
If you live somewhere with frequent rain, odds are you own at least one umbrella. And odds are it's a rather utilitarian affair — not particularly noteworthy or well-designed, but it keeps the rain off of you, so who cares. Well, this Alexander McQueen Skull Umbrella makes a strong argument that you should care. This short folding umbrella appears unremarkable from afar, but look closer and you'll find a bright blue resin skull at the base of the handle that elevates the umbrella from a necessary evil to a sharp accessory.